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Will Methanex Beat These Analyst Estimates?

Monday - 1/28/2013, 10:04am  ET

Methanex is expected to report Q4 earnings on Jan. 30. Here's what Wall Street wants to see:

The 10-second takeaway
Comparing the upcoming quarter to the prior-year quarter, average analyst estimates predict Methanex's revenues will expand 4.0% and EPS will wane -20.3%.

The average estimate for revenue is $724.5 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.55.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Methanex booked revenue of $655.3 million. GAAP reported sales were 2.1% lower than the prior-year quarter's $669.7 million.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

EPS details
Last quarter, non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.38. GAAP EPS were -$0.03 for Q3 versus $0.59 per share for the prior-year quarter.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

Recent performance
For the preceding quarter, gross margin was 17.8%, 550 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 10.5%, 630 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -0.4%, 970 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $2.70 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.74.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 214 members out of 225 rating the stock outperform, and 11 members rating it underperform. Among 64 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 60 give Methanex a green thumbs-up, and four give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Methanex is outperform, with an average price target of $33.39.

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